*This is my first try at fan fiction, so let me know what you think*


"Thanks for inviting me Marissa," the blonde smiled, smoothing her skirt. Elizabeth's family had just moved in a few streets over, and they had met at the country club. Knowing she was new in town, Marissa had invited her to one of Holly's infamous parties to help her feel welcome.

She didn't think that Elizabeth would have any problems fitting in. She had long blonde hair, brown eyes, and was remarkably beautiful. Her family was exceedingly wealthy, which you could tell by just looking at her. She tended, Marissa noticed, to be shallow, even more shallow than she was used to.

The scene at Holly's was pretty typical- coke, drinks, loitering outside, dancing, random making out, whatever.

"Summer, this is Elizabeth," Marissa said, and Summer gave a little smile, regarding the new girl carefully. Elizabeth eyed Summer, not even pretending to act interested. Marissa, spotting Ryan, drifted off into the crowd, and Summer wondered if she would be expected to drag Elizabeth around.

"Hey Summer," Josh, a guy that Summer had been flirting excessively with lately, sauntered up. She smoothed her dark hair and greeted him. He quickly turned to Elizabeth. "I'm Josh," he smiled.

"Elizabeth," she responded. Summer watched with annoyance as Josh began to chat up the blonde. Who the hell did the new girl think she was? Josh finally left, telling Elizabeth to find him later.

"Who's that?" Elizabeth said suddenly, motioning towards a couch, where a guy with dark hair was tying his shoes. Summer looked and almost started laughing, but managed to keep it in.

"Seth?" She rolled her eyes. "Geekboy. What about him?"

Elizabeth sighed. "Look at him. He's hot."

"Um, maybe it's because you're new or whatever, but don't go for the first guy you see. Especially Seth. I mean, he's a total nerd."

"Whatever. He's still hot, and I'm going to go talk to him." Summer watched as Elizabeth strolled past quite a few acceptable boys who gave her the once over. Hot boys. Normal boys. She turned away as Elizabeth sat next to Seth. If the girl couldn't listen to reason, she would have to learn on her own. Summer had her own reputation to worry about.

Elizabeth smiled at the boy next to her. He had messy hair, long eyelashes, and wore a striped polo. She introduced herself.

He blinked a few times. "Seth Cohen," he finally managed. "Nice to, uh, meet you."

Seth mentally slapped himself for his stammering. The girl was gorgeous and, for some reason, was talking to him. He'd never seen her around, which at least partially explained why she would associate with him in public.

"Well, Seth Cohen," she smiled, "You don't look like you're having too much fun."

"No no, I'm uh... yeah, not really having much fun," he shrugged.

She leaned over, absentmindedly playing with the collar of his shirt.

"I'll tell you what," she sat back, but was interrupted before she could finish.

Seth looked back and forth from Summer to Elizabeth. Christmas had come early.

"Cohen," Summer ordered, her hands on her hips, "Come with me."

"Um, well, okay," Seth glanced at Elizabeth.

"Don't worry," she said, scribbling on a scrap of paper, "Take my cell number."

Seth barely managed to grab the number and stuff it into his pocket before Summer grabbed his arm and dragged him to the kitchen.

"Well hi Summer," Seth peered at her curiously.

"Whatever, dork. You can thank me later." She turned on her heel and began to walk away.

"Whoa whoa, wait," Seth grabbed her arm, which she yanked back instantly. "Thank you for what, exactly?"

"For saving you from that witch. She thinks she's hot stuff."

"Summer, she is hot."


"Besides, why should you care if I talk to her? You've been ignoring me since the third grade," he pointed out bluntly.

"Well, I'm not ignoring you right now. Let's call it my good deed for the day, okay? You can do better," she said, surprising herself. She'd never really thought about Seth Cohen dating anybody. Seth looked equally surprised.

"Better?" He asked. "Do you see anyone else lining up to give me their number, Summer?"

"Quit whining, Cohen." She scribbled down her number hastily and shoved it into his hand quickly, before anyone could see. "I have to go mingle."

She left Seth standing there in a slight daze, thinking about the events of the past few minutes.

She looked around and finally spotted Elizabeth, surrounded by a small group of people. Summer's eyes narrowed. She decided to find Marissa and tell her that she was ready to leave.

The party was suddenly a lot less appealing.